Feel, Do & See Myanmar
Put aside your troubles and embark on a journey to Myanmar. A land that is somehow unexpectedly ready to welcome distinguished travellers with ample historical, spiritual and natural treasures.
A visit to Myanmar would not be complete without a visit to the magnificent complex of temples in Bagan. In the centre of the country, Mandalay, is a must do as well. Old charming sites and natural landmarks make a journey to this land a rewarding one. The views at sunset and sunrise are stunning, not to say magical.
Another of Myanmar’s main attractions is Inle Lake. This is a natural jewel in the north of the country surrounded by mountains and inhabited by several hill tribes. Floating gardens and homes surround the lake. Fishermen use ancient fishing techniques with traps. The area is a photographer’s paradise at sunrise and sunset, with occasional mist reinforcing the mystical feel of the place.
Going even further northbound, visit Putao in the Himalayan footstep. Mt Hkakabo Razi is South East Asia’s highest peak culminating at 5,900 m. You will experience snow-capped mountains and year round cool temperatures. Spend a couple of days with a total immersion in the intimacy of a chalet style resort. Then you can explore the region’s many trekking routes. These routes will offer you a unique opportunities to meet the vast ethnic diversity of people. Surely, the abundant flora with endemic rare species like black orchids will leave you speechless.
Do not miss to visit Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city and commercial hub with the Scott market and Shwedagon golden stupa while sipping a great cocktail at one of the coffee shops nestled in the old faded British colonial style buildings.
For beach lovers, the South of the country is synonymous with deserted white sandy beaches. The Mergui archipelago and Ngapali are the most developed and accessible areas.
For a unique experience, a cruise on the Irrawaddy River is an absolute must. Different routes are possible with different durations, routings starting in Yangon, Mandalay or Bagan with one of the most famous one being the “Road to Mandalay” taking on a 15-day long journey between Yangon and Mandalay. Such a cruise is the adventure of a lifetime. Gently cruising along the Irrawaddy River, passengers will encounter astonishing natural beauty, timeless landscapes, unparalleled cultural heritage and some of the most welcoming and hospitable people in the world.
Myanmar is gradually opening to the world and widening its offer of tourist services. Therefore, hotels, activities, road and transport infrastructures pop up to diversify and ease the reach of regions and things to make your experience of travel a memorable one.
Some of the experiential activities that come up to our mind include trekking to ethnic minority people villages. As well as taking a slow paced train ride by ancient carriages, giving a hand in many handicraft activities, golfing, sailing the Mergui archipelago. So, these are a very few activities that you can treat yourself in Myanmar…
Also, for those in the mood to do something different, do not hesitate to venture beyond conventions and think about little-known Laos. While Myanmar and Laos does not have a correspondance by air. Both countries have a lot in common with genuine and fairly little visited sites and of course deeply rooted Buddhism. It is however fairly easy (and certainly very little frequented though) to access passing by Northern Thailand overland in the Golden Triangle. A bridge over the Mekong is being built and will open fairly soon. Enabling new routes and itineraries that we can guarantee will not be the “norm” still for a few decades! We’d even suggest you to have an itinerant exploration of Laos, then into Myanmar and finishing somewhere on the beach in Ngapali or the Mergui archipelago. That’s definitely something different!